Jul 8, 2022 - News

Ten Bells is gone — for now

An empty bar, ready to be demolished

Many good times were had here. Photo courtesy of Cormac West

The North Oak Cliff building that's been home to Ten Bells Tavern is being demolished to make room for another luxury apartment building.

Why it matters: Ten Bells has been a fixture in Bishop Arts for more than a decade, the site of many glorious late nights.

The irony: The popular pub has been a key part of making Bishop Arts the kind of place where developers want to put giant apartment buildings like the one being built in its former location.

Flashback: Ten Bells closed its doors in April, three months earlier than originally planned.

  • The Local Oak, another popular bar on the same block, closed forever in December.

What's happening: Meri Dahlke, the owner and founder of Ten Bells, tells Axios she's working on the new location at 238 W. 8th St. — basically behind the old building. Dahlke says progress has been slowed by the permit process.

  • She hopes to open the bar in August.

What they're saying: "Everything moves at a snail's pace," Dahlke says.

Most importantly: Dahlke and some of her staff have relocated all of the tavern's popular cats to the new property, including the last holdout, a big black kitty named Motörhead.


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